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$3500.00-$4000.00 BUDGET

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02-03-2002 07:36:53

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02-10-2002 16:21:24

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 Re: $3500.00-$4000.00 BUDGET in reply to Rob, 02-03-2002 07:36:53  
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02-04-2002 13:18:34

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 Re: $3500.00-$4000.00 BUDGET in reply to Rob, 02-03-2002 07:36:53  
If it were me I would consider an Oliver 550 - great utility tractor. If possible I would save a bit longer and get a bigger Oliver i.e. 1850 or 1855 for about 5-6k. Much more rig for minimal extra cost. As mentioned below decide what you need the rig to do FIRST & FOREMOST!! Then you can make an informed decision.

Best of Luck!

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02-04-2002 09:45:14

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 Re: $3500.00-$4000.00 BUDGET in reply to Rob, 02-03-2002 07:36:53  
I'd suggest a restored 550 cockshutt.

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02-03-2002 14:26:24

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 Re: $3500.00-$4000.00 BUDGET in reply to Rob, 02-03-2002 07:36:53  
There are a lot of options in tractors in that price range. I'm assuming by new you mean new to you and not new as in never been used.

Here are some of the options:

**Grey market tractors can fall in that range, they are used compact tractors that are imported from overseas.

**Shopping around will get you a pretty good list of utility type tractors in this range, i.e., Ford 600,800, 601, 801 series; Case 311, 430, 880, etc; David Brown 880; IH 300U, 350U, 284, etc; Allis Chalmers D10, D12, D14, D15, WD45, CA, etc; John Deere 1010, 420, 520; Massey Ferguson 35, 50, 135, etc; Long 445U, 510, 560, etc; and a host of others. These machines are either 3 point hitch, or can be converted to 3 point hitch.

No matter what the budget is the first order of business is determine what you will need the machine to do, then locate a machine to fit those needs.

Keep in mind that individuals tend to be cheaper than dealers, but if you can't do a lot of service work yourself or get a friend to help a dealer could be very important.

Things that are very handy to have on any machine are independent PTO, Live hydraulics, power steering, as well as the previously mentioned three-point hitch.

I recommend using the boards at YTMag as a reference, i.e., if you go out to look at an IH 350U go to the IH board and ask what you need to look for, when you return describe the condition to them and what area of the country you reside. In many cases they will be able to help you identify problem areas that need to be looked for in advance, and tell you if it is a decent price for the machine.

http://www.tractortips.com will give you some basic information such as HP, years of manufacture, etc of many machines. It is sometimes inaccurate, but is a good place to start.

The link below takes you to a website that is handy to use for searching for machines. Searches are returned based on proximity to you, which is determined when you register (it is free).

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02-03-2002 08:24:32

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 Re: $3500.00-$4000.00 BUDGET in reply to Rob, 02-03-2002 07:36:53  

AgWay lawn tractor...no hydraulics...no PTO....but you do get a comfy seat, a drink holder and a 40 inch mowing deck...and just think!...in 3 years you get to buy another new 'Tractor'!...

Sorry...couldn't resist...but you DID say a 'New' tractor...

But...IMHO...if you are talking 'new to you'...for that kind of scratch you can get darn near anything you want that was built before 1980...and quite a few that were built after...

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02-04-2002 05:37:06

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 Re: Re: $3500.00-$4000.00 BUDGET in reply to Salmoneye, 02-03-2002 08:24:32  
I was wondering how much you would charge to buy up me some Ford 4000's Diesel W/p.s. At$ 3500 to 4000 { 10 to 15 }if I'll send a hauler for them. We have a lot of calls for this tractor but can't find many here. Thank you

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02-04-2002 08:58:01

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 Re: Re: Re: $3500.00-$4000.00 BUDGET in reply to Trader Jack, 02-04-2002 05:37:06  
Scarey, but true...

One sat up the road from me all summer...had new rubber all around. Only thing I could see that made me wonder was what looked like years of kero sludge around where the fuel line connected.
Started easy and ran strong in my opinion.

Man sold his cows about 5 years ago and this was the second to last tractor he had. Only one he was keeping was a JD 3020.
Was asking $4000 for the Ford, but I didn't have it then (and still don't). He Sold it in September for $3,400 to a farmer next town over who drove it the 7 miles home...

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02-03-2002 08:28:52

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 Re: Re: $3500.00-$4000.00 BUDGET in reply to Salmoneye, 02-03-2002 08:24:32  
Good answer, Salmoneye.

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